Talent Guide

Juan Paulo Laserna

  • Discipline:Writer/Director
  • Program Year:Screenwriting Lab 2024


Juan Paulo Laserna is a screenwriter, director and producer, whose stories utilize magical realism and dark humor to develop contemporary dramas and crime narratives related to immigration. His award-winning feature film, Las Malas Lenguas, premiered at the LA Film Festival and had a theatrical release in Colombia and on STARZ in the US. He graduated with honors from Columbia University, where he was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Screenplay Award and the KOB Mentorship Grant. He most recently worked alongside the lead director on the Netflix adaptation for One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Current Project

Not My Name


1996 - As Colombia descends into bloody insurgent warfare, a family must travel on a perilous country road to visit their ailing grandfather. Their fear of kidnapping forces them to rely on their youngest child to conceal their fake identities, exposing him to the reality of war.